6 November, Friday — Not Reinventing the Wheel

Friday of Week 31 in Ordinary Time

Phi 3:17-4:1
Lk 16:1-8

Take as your models everybody who is already doing this…

For health reasons, I have been trying to move more towards a whole-foods-plant-based diet, and have been wondering how to do this. I started by eating more raw salads (not something I particularly enjoy, by the way), moving to steamed vegetables… not particularly appealing as well.

This has started to change, somehow. I have a friend in the US who, upon realising the new journey my wife and I have embarked upon, started sending me examples and recipes for such a way of eating. He also sent me photos of what he cooked; foods way more exciting than raw salads and steamed vegetables. He showed me the possibilities, of how the food I eat could become more exciting.

This is what St Paul was saying in the first reading of today. He asks us to learn and model behaviour of those who are already bearing Christ’s cross and ‘walking the talk’. Rather than risk repeating the poor behaviour of those “enemies of the cross of Christ”, he exhorts us to look at the possibilities.

Another point that speaks to me is that of community. While my US friend and I communicate through social media and messaging apps, the community of biblical times did not have such a luxury. The only way they could see how each other lived was by interacting and being with each other. Only then could they truly see how the faithful lived. The irony is that we tend to only see the superficial in our modern ways of communication.

(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)

Prayer: We pray that we will always keep our eyes on You, dear Father. Help us to look to each other to grow and journey towards You! We pray that we will be moldable and teachable.

Thanksgiving: Thank You for giving us role models among us, to lead and guide us. We are grateful for our community of brothers and sisters, who love and guide us.

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